Somebody Call 911?

When I was teaching 1st/2nd grade, a colleague and I took our classes on a field trip that included a short stop at a local park for lunch. About 10 minutes after our arrival, two local police officers showed up.

“Did someone here call 911?” they asked. Awwwwww, shit. Needless to say, a couple of kids received a firm lecture by both police officers and teachers.

I know that my own child would NEVER call 911 unless it’s an emergency. NEVER! Cecilia graduated from Safety Town camp last summer. She learned all about when it’s appropriate and not appropriate to call 911. So, imagine my surprise the other day when my cell phone rang and the person calling asked in a very serious voice, “Did you place a 911 emergency call, m’am?”


Apparently, cell phones are so user-friendly that even when in “lock mode” — I was certain I placed it in lock mode because I saw C playing with my phone right next to me while it was in lock mode — a 5-year-old can still manage to call 911 and then hang up on 911. This incident taught me that my phone is in “Emergency Callback Mode” so the 911 folks immediately called back. I suppose that’s a good feature, but how in the world did C place the call in the first place?!?!?

“Please secure your phone, m’am,” 911 voice said to me.

I thought it was secure.


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